Four Brothers

Four Brothers

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Director: John Singleton

Cast: John Singleton, Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin

     
 

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Four men come together to find out how and why the woman who raised them was killed in this hard-edged urban drama from director John Singleton. Short-tempered Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), struggling musician Jack (Garrett Hedlund), streetwise Angel (Tyrese Gibson), and hard-working Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin) are four guys who don't appear to have much in common, in terms of… See more details below

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Four men come together to find out how and why the woman who raised them was killed in this hard-edged urban drama from director John Singleton. Short-tempered Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), struggling musician Jack (Garrett Hedlund), streetwise Angel (Tyrese Gibson), and hard-working Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin) are four guys who don't appear to have much in common, in terms of either race or temperament. However, these men have one very important bond -- all four were adopted and raised by the same woman (Fionnula Flanagan), and they all love her as a mother, and respect one another as brothers. When their mother is killed during a robbery at a grocery store, the four brothers come together for the funeral, but when they don't get straight answers about what happened to her, they begin looking into the crime themselves. The deeper they dig into the case, the more the brothers begin to suspect that the shooting wasn't an accident, and that powerful and unexpected forces were involved. Four Brothers marked one of the first starring roles for Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000 of the top selling hip-hop group OutKast.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This taut urban drama about four adopted brothers avenging the murder of their mother owes a lot to The Sons of Katie Elder, a 1965 horse opera that starred John Wayne and Dean Martin. In fact, this latest movie from director John Singleton (Shaft) owes a great deal to the western; its central conceit -- the desire for revenge driven by a code of familial loyalty -- has animated literally hundreds of movies in that genre. By setting the action in decaying Detroit during winter, Singleton trades picturesque vistas for the stark, gritty cityscape where crime and corruption run rampant, forcing the film’s protagonists to go outside the law in their quest for justice. Mark Wahlberg, Andre Benjamin (of rap duo Oukast), Tyrese Gibson, and Garret Hedlund play the racially mixed siblings whose love for their recently slain mother, Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan), compels them to buck the police (represented by Terrence Howard, one of 2005’s rising stars, playing a sympathetic detective) and various politicians in their campaign against a local crime boss (Chiwetel Ejiofor, another actor of color having a tremendous year). Singleton’s previous movies haven’t always been dramatically or directorially cohesive, but Four Brothers represents a quantum leap in his development as a filmmaker. It’s carefully structured, evenly paced, and consistently well acted. The sometimes brutal action sequences aren’t just dropped into the narrative to artificially speed things up; they are organic to the plot and extremely well staged -- especially a protracted shootout at the Mercer home. The performances are uniformly exemplary, with Wahlberg especially good as the grim, taciturn brother who ramrods the revenge effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303991
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Sales rank:
5,934

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Bobby Mercer
Tyrese Gibson Angel Mercer
André Benjamin Jeremiah Mercer
Garrett Hedlund Jack Mercer
Terrence Howard Lt. Green
Josh Charles Detective Fowler
Sofía Vergara Sofi
Fionnula Flanagan Evelyn Mercer
Chiwetel Ejiofor Victor Sweet
Taraji P. Henson Camille Mercer
Barry "Shabaka" Henley Councilman Douglas
Jernard Burks Evan
Kenneth Welsh Robert Bradford

Technical Credits
John Singleton Director
David Arnold Score Composer
Jeffrey Steven Authors Asst. Director
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Keith Brian Burns Production Designer
Bruce Cannon Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
David Elliot Screenwriter
Billy Fox Editor
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Kimberly Hardin Casting
Erik Howsam Executive Producer
Ric Kidney Executive Producer
Paul Lovett Screenwriter
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
Andrew M. Stearn Art Director
Paul Stewart Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Four Brothers
1. Miss Evelyn [1:21]
2. Straight-ish [:05]
3. La Vida Loca [2:11]
4. Can't All Be Saints [:05]
5. Upstanding Citizens [2:24]
6. The Witness [:05]
7. Shooters [2:26]
8. Victor Sweet [:05]
9. Chasing Down Leads [2:25]
10. Betrayals [:05]
11. House Call [2:27]
12. Dirty Uniform [:00]

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